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Airplane Crash Near Tuscaloosa Kills Three Couples Returning From Medical Conference

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TUSCALOOSA, ALA – The Oxford, Miss., community is in shock and mourning after an airplane crash near Tuscaloosa, Ala., killed six members of its medical community Sunday morning. Authorities in Tuscaloosa and Northport reported that air traffic controllers received a distress call from a private airplane around 11:10. Rescue crews were prepared to assist at the runway at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport but the airplane never showed. Inside the airplane were Oxford dentist Dr. Jason Farese, presumed to be the pilot, and his wife Dr. Lea Farese, also a dentist. The couple owned Farese Family Dental in Oxford. Also on board the ... Read More

Erectile dysfunction drugmakers sued for alleged melanoma risk


With 80 plus lawsuits in the rapidly growing multidistrict litigation (MDL) underway against Pfizer, now Eli Lilly and Co. is being sued for the same reason. Plaintiffs are claiming that since Eli Lilly’s erectile dysfunction drug Cialis (tadalafil) is, like Pfizer’s Viagra, a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor, increases melanoma risk and the company should have warned them. Seven suits have been filed against Eli Lilly in the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis and more suits have been filed in other courts around the country according to the Indianapolis Business Journal. “The pharmaceutical industry has known for a very long ... Read More

Number of Invokana side effects lawsuits growing


Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals may be rolling in revenue from sales of its new type 2 diabetes drug Invokana, but they may soon be rolling in lawsuits over Invokana side effects. Complaints include reports of kidney damage, heart disease and ketoacidosis, a condition in which too much acid builds up in the blood. One of the lawsuits was filed on behalf Cornelius Benjamin, a South Carolina man who allegedly suffered a stroke and kidney damage after he was prescribed Invokana. He died two months later, in June 2013. Alabama resident Robert Partington is suing because he claims ... Read More

NHTSA Touring The South To Raise Auto Safety Awareness


Frustrated by the failure of many U.S. motorists to have their vehicles fixed under safety recalls and other potentially life-threatening safety deficiencies, federal regulators are touring the South to raise auto safety awareness, sharing information about simple measures that can save lives. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) head Dr. Mark Rosekind and other federal safety officials embarked Tuesday on a 1,500-mile, five-day, nine-stop road trip from Miami to Fort Worth in a campaign-style bus emblazoned with the NHTSA logo and safety messages. Dr. Rosekind and his agency chose to take the campaign to the South during the hottest time ... Read More

Widow of Alabama Sheriff’s Deputy Sues Ambulance Company For Wrongful Death

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The wife of an Alabama sheriff’s deputy who died after an off-duty motorcycle crash last September has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the first responder ambulance company for arriving at the scene without a qualified advanced life support paramedic. Pamela Smith was a passenger on her husband Larry Smith’s motorcycle when Mr. Smith “had a coughing spell which caused him to alter his driving status and (leave) the roadway and (strike) a tree,” in the town of Opp, the complaint states, according to the Andalusia Star-News. The E-911 board of Covington County, where Mr. Smith was a sheriff’s deputy, ... Read More

Door latch issue addressed in latest Ford recall; 830K vehicles recalled in North America


Nearly 830,000 Ford vehicles in North America are now subject to recall due to a side-door latch issue that may cause the door to swing open while the vehicle is still in operation. According to ABC News, the latest Ford recall encompasses the following vehicles: 2013-15 Ford Escape 2013-15 Ford C-Max 2012-15 Ford Focus 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect 2014-16 Ford Mustang 2015 Lincoln MKC The automaker reports that the vehicles’ issues stem from a faulty spring part, which may break in states with high temperatures and sunlight exposure. Once the spring breaks, the door will be unable to latch properly. ... Read More

Georgia Feed Mill Safety Violations Led To Deadly Dust Blast, OSHA Finds


Federal safety officials have fined JCG Farms of Alabama LLC, a unit of national chicken producer Koch Farms, for multiple safety violations that led to a Rockmart, Ga., feed mill blast that killed a 25-year-old worker and injured fiver others earlier this year. Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said an excessive accumulation of airborne dust in the Georgia mill was the direct cause of the deadly blast. If not properly controlled, environmental dust accumulation poses a significant threat to agricultural workers. High concentrations of grain dust can turn the air into a firebomb with the smallest ... Read More

Auburn Auto Parts Maker Fined For Exposing Workers To Crushing, Amputation Hazards


An Auburn, Ala., auto parts manufacturer faces $106,000 in penalties for a number of federal safety violations that put its workers at risk of amputation, struck-by injuries, and getting caught in machinery. Violations at the Pyongsan America Inc. facility in Auburn may also land the manufacturer in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Severe Violator Program, which would put it under greater regulatory scrutiny. OSHA devotes more of its time and resources to monitoring companies categorized as severe violators than it does with most other companies. According to OSHA, its January inspection of the Pyongsan facility, which makes heating, ventilation, ... Read More

Crash Involving Tractor Trailer Kills Five In East Alabama

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Alabama law enforcement authorities continue to investigate a horrific collision between a car and tractor trailer near Phenix City that killed three adults and two children Monday morning. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and the Russell County Sheriff’s office said the head-on crash involved a 2014 Nissan Rogue and a 2006 Mack tractor trailer. The crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. on a stretch of U.S. Highway 80 west of Phenix City. All five occupants of the Nissan are believed to have been killed instantly, authorities said. The victims were identified as Carrie Jones, 32, of Albany, La., her children ... Read More

Jury Awards Plaintiff $5.1 Million in DuPont Water Contamination Case


An Ohio federal jury last week returned a harsh verdict against DuPont by awarding $5.1 million to a plaintiff who claims the company’s chemical dumping caused his cancer. The jury also found DuPont liable for actual malice, prompting the second bellwether trial to enter a punitive damages phase that could signal heavier damages on the horizon for the company. Plaintiff David Freeman, an Ohio college professor, claims that chemical manufacturer DuPont led in the production of ammonium perfluorooctanoate, known as PFOA, a chemical compound used in the production of Teflon, Stainmaster, and Gore-Tex fabric, and that the company dumped its ... Read More